Retreats for Therapists

A special time to
relax and receive

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About Equilibrio

Equilibrio is a group of complementary health practitioners living and working in the beautiful mountains of South Spain. We have increasingly come to realise that hardworking therapists need time and space to recharge. In this way we can enrich our own lives and provide the best possible care and support to others – without burning out! We also know how hard it can be to give ourselves permission to do this, so at Equilibrio we combine this 'me time' with opportunities to share our skills and learn from one another, through creative workshops, informal discussions and treatments to encourage
Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

We Provide You

We provide you with a retreat from everyday life, where you can recharge, rejuvenate and inspire your mind, body and spirit.

We offer You

We offer you a unique & nurturing experience at exceptional value.

We Support You

We support you – the providers of complementary therapies – to maintain your health and well-being and feed your passion for your work.

We Share With You

We share with you our skills and create a fertile learning environment, through creative workshops, discussions and treatments, to encourage your Continuing Professional Development (CPD points are awarded).

History

History

It All Began when a group of therapists entered a raffle to win a weeks holiday for 6 people, with the idea that they would spend the week relaxing, eating good food, sharing their skills and learning new ones and swapping treatments with each other… The raffle prize was won by someone else, but the idea was so brilliant that they decided to make it happen anyway, and Equilibrio Retreats for Therapists was formed.

Following the success of their first few events, the Equilibrio team have realised that they have something really special and they want to share it with a broader audience: With the generous support of their friends, family and colleagues, Equilibrio now offer their wonderful retreats to You, to nourish and inspire You.
We invite You to recalibrate Your balance of giving and receiving. 

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We’re delighted to have Special Guest Workshop Leaders
who are experts in their field:
Back with us in May 2019 will be Reflexologist Hagar Basis.
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Our Team

Equilibrio is co-ordinated and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team
using all our skills and knowledge to ensure
the best possible retreat experience.

Equilibrio core team members are:

Anna Bartholemew

Anna Bartholemew

Co-founder & Retreat Host View Details
Jane Bartholemew

Jane Bartholemew

Co-founder & Facilitator View Details
Charlotte Toomey

Charlotte Toomey

Co-ordinator View Details
Anna Bartholemew

Anna Bartholemew

Co-founder & Retreat Host

Anna is an experienced retreat host and facilitator. A self-employed reflexologist, she trained in Thai Reflexology Massage in Krabi, South Thailand and later in Reflexology at the London School of Massage. She has also undertaken training in Advanced Reflexology Technique. (ART) and is a member of the association of Reflexologists. (MAR)
She is currently working as a reflexologist and host at various retreats and events and as administrator of Equilbrio retreats.

Jane Bartholemew

Jane Bartholemew

Co-founder & Facilitator

Jane trained at the Oxford School of Reflexology. Since qualifying she has continued her professional development by attending courses in Advanced Reflexology Techniques, Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT), Clinical Reflexology, Reflexology in Pregnancy, Caring for pregnant clients, Enhancing Fertility and Maternity Reflexology, Baby reflex and Palliative and Supportive Care.

Charlotte Toomey

Charlotte Toomey

Co-ordinator

Charlotte began her formal massage training in 1999, gaining Diplomas in Holistic Clinical Aromatherapy and Therapeutic & Acupressure Massage. Since then she has expanded her knowledge with Advanced Professional Certificates in: Natural Nutrition; Aromatherapy in Pregnancy & Labour; Aromatic Indian Head Massage; Traditional Thai Massage; and Pregnancy, Babies & Children Aromatherapeutic Massage. Alongside her career as a bodyworker at retreats & private clinics, Charlotte has worked as an Aromatherapy Consultant, an Assistant Massage Teacher and a Retreat Manager.

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Come and join us!

Your week to

Nurture your body

Inspire your mind

Nourish your soul

Just Be!

 

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Venue & Travel

Our retreats are based at The House of Light retreat centre,
a beautiful Moroccan-inspired space, nestled in the Alpujarran mountains of Spain.
Surrounded by nature and with stunning views of the mountains around, this luxurious place
looks out to the Mediterranean sea and on a clear day to the mountains of northern Morocco.
Plenty of sunshine, fresh air and inspiring space await you...
and the opportunity for great mountain walks right on the doorstep.
There are gardens, a pool, a yoga room and even a static aerial rig (for trapeze, hoop & silk work).
Our program allows ample time to enjoy both the centre's facilities and the surrounding area.

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Transport

Individual Transport

Flights

The nearest major airport is Malaga. Some companies also fly to Granada.

By Bus

There are bus & coach services from these city airports to our nearest town of Orgiva. See www.alsa.es for details. We can pick you up, or arrange a local taxi for you, from Orgiva. 

By Train

The nearest train station is Granada. From Granada we can arrange a transfer or you can take a public bus to Orgiva. 

By Car

By car you can be at The House of Light in under an hour from Granada & in under 2 hours from Malaga. Numerous car hire companies offer vehicle rental at competitive rates.
Please Contact Us for full directions. 

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Airport Transfer

Arrival Day

Ask us about a Group Transfer Service, costing approximately 40€, from Malaga airport.  When booking your flight please choose a flight that arrives around midday, to give you adequate time to get to the
Meeting Point outside Terminal 3.
If you would like to join the Group Transfer, as soon as you know it please send your itinerary to: anna@equilibrio.life

Private Transfer

If you are NOT able to join the Group Transfer, we can arrange a car to meet your flight.
We will do our best to group passengers so that the costs can be minimised.
Please give at least 24 hours notice to arrange.

TAXI PRICES:
MALAGA AIRPORT : €130 single passenger flat rate, +€10 for each addtional passenger.
(i.e For 4 passengers =€130+30 = €160 = €40 per passenger)
GRANADA: €65 single passenger flat rate, +€5 for each addtional passenger.

Departure Day

The Group Transfer will leave the venue at 12 noon and you will arrive at Malaga airport by 2pm.
If your flight departure time is quite late you might prefer to go to the beach or explore Malaga – both are about 10 mins by taxi, bus, or train.
If you need to be at Malaga airport before 2pm we can arrange a private transfer for you at the costs detailed above.

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Happy Clients

Here are some of our testimonials.

  • I would highly recommend, both from a personal relaxation point of view and the sheer amount of knowledge and confidence you come away with. It is quite simply a life changing retreat like no other and worth every penny.

    Judy - guest September 2016
  •  Don’t miss this! I was there in September and it was the experience of a lifetime for me. I learned so much…and my clients have noticed the difference. Apart from the learning, the people who run it are just lovely. As much support as you want…. and… LOADS of fun too!

    Pauline- guest September 2016
  • What I found particularly useful is that each day was filled with interesting subjects to learn from, warm exchanges, highly nutritious and tasty food and that there was always that freedom to participate or retreat.

    Beatrice- guest September 2015
  • The best thing I could have done for myself!

    Patsy- guest September 2015
  • With regards to the techniques, well, I’ve been booked solid since my return and am so grateful for learning new techniques. I admit that I was feeling quite despondent regarding the future of my new career, and rather feel that I have been saved!!

    Sheila - guest September 2015
  • I loved every minute of the Equilibrio retreat…it felt wonderful to feed each other all the wonderful insights and skills everyone had to share. The level of loving kindness, authenticity and awareness was deeply nourishing company to be in and created a lot of laughter and unexpected feelings of pure joy!

    Lely - guest 2014
  • For me the Equilibrio retreat I attended was timely and deeply effective for my healing process. Learning how to receive is an ongoing process. I shall definitely be coming back.

    Alan - guest 2014
  • Informative, educational, relaxing and fun! In a beautiful and tranquil location. I would definitely go again!

    Lesley - guest 2014
  • I really enjoyed the Equilibrio retreat very much. So many interesting people and all very professional. I had some great exchanges and the place is also beautiful. Also I enjoyed the workshops and yoga classes.

    Tara - guest 2014
  • Everything is magical at Equilibrio retreat. The beautiful venue in the stunning landscape, the delicious and healthy food, the open and friendly therapists. It was a truly amazing experience. I’d go again.

    Emma - guest 2014
faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

We have collaborated with The House of Light retreat centre to answer frequently answered questions.

Food (6)

We will endeavor to cater for special diets. Please inform Equilibrio in writing before you book and we will let you know what is possible.

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Please inform Equilibrio in writing of any ingredients that would cause you to have a serious allergic reaction. There’s not much we can do about olive pollen, as we are located in an olive growing area – the main pollen period is from April to June. If that is an issue for you, we recommend you consult your homeopath for a remedy before you arrive.

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Yes, our cuisine contains a balanced amount of dietary protein in vegetables, grains, seeds, legumes, nuts, avocados and some cheese (feta, mozzarella, goat’s).

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100% vegetarian menu. No meat.

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We don’t provide alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own. There are shops, bars and restaurants in the local town that serve alcohol.

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Although we encourage you to give up coffee during your stay with us, coffee is available on request.

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Travel Tips / Transport / Transfers (6)

Yes. See Travel for more details.

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No, please book it during your stay.

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You can get to Orgiva by bus and we will pick you up from there.

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A train stops in Granada, then you can continue to Orgiva either by public bus or a transfer by car. Contact us to arrange this.

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Please forward your flight itinerary to and we will arrange a car to meet you.

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A cabin bag should be plenty for your stay. Pack lightly, especially in the summer.

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Accommodation (5)

Accommodation is in shared rooms, either in the beautiful stone built houses or secluded cob house, wooden house, or man-made cave (single supplement is an option). All bedrooms have comfy beds and quality bedlinen. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed midweek. See Venue.

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All bathrooms have showers. House of Light retreat centre has rooms with ensuite or shared bathroom facilities.

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We respectfully ask that you leave hair dryers and straighteners or travel kettles at home, as they tend to trip out the electricity supply.

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A few in summer, but there is no stagnant water and no marshland in the immediate area. A light repellant in the evening will usually suffice.

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Yes

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Accommodation is in shared rooms, either in the beautiful stone built houses or secluded cob house, wooden house, or man-made cave (single supplement is an option). All bedrooms have comfy beds and quality bedlinen. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed midweek. See Venue.

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All bathrooms have showers. House of Light retreat centre has rooms with ensuite or shared bathroom facilities.

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We respectfully ask that you leave hair dryers and straighteners or travel kettles at home, as they tend to trip out the electricity supply.

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A few in summer, but there is no stagnant water and no marshland in the immediate area. A light repellant in the evening will usually suffice.

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Yes

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Guests generally wear swimwear in & around the pool, but you may go topless if you wish.

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Average temperatures: spring 20 ºC, summer 30 ºC, autumn 20 ºC, winter 10 ºC

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Facilities (1)

Guests generally wear swimwear in & around the pool, but you may go topless if you wish.

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Retreats (11)

  • in summer bring light clothing, sunglasses, UV skin protection, a wrap or shawl for meditation,
  • in winter be sure to bring a warm jacket and slippers and gloves and a hat for cool evenings, but also bring shorts and sandals in case it’s really warm,
  • you can plug your iPod into the sound system in the living room,
  • you can connect your laptop with our free wi-fi internet,
  • mobile phone reception is very good here, but we ask you to use your phone sparingly and quietly away from other guests.

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Each retreat program has a fixed cost and duration and we encourage you to participate in the full program. There are no refunds for missed days / hours.

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Your £300 deposit secures your place on the retreat you have chosen.

You may cancel your booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is made by you and is notified to us in writing. Cancellation will take effect the day such notification is received by us. As this incurs administrative costs, returned payments are subject to a £50 pound handling charge. In addition, if such cancellation is made less than 40 days before the start of the retreat, we will retain 50% of the cost of the retreat. However, if we can arrange for another person to take your place, then we will happily offer you a full refund minus the £50 handling charge. Refunds and returned payments are normally settled within 10 working days of the date of cancellation.

In the unlikely event the retreat you have booked on being cancelled we would offer a full refund of monies paid to us.

For your additional peace of mind, we request that you take out travel insurance which covers the activity of this retreat as well as unexpected cancellation, sickness, losses and all the usual risks. You should bring the policy with you in case of an emergency.

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Our prices are in pounds, but you can pay in other currencies. It is your responsibility to calculate the equivalent amount in euros. We will notify you if there is a discrepancy.

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We welcome all nationalities, all ages, all genders. The balance between women & men / singles & couples varies from week to week, but generally more women than men and more singles than couples.

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Yes, your friend is welcome to attend though you should inform them that the focus of the retreat is primarily CPD plus relaxation. Friends are welcome to join in all activities except the treatment exchanges.

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A notebook and pen may be useful.

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We will provide everything you need, towels, cream and client record forms but if you have a particular cream or oil you use you may wish to bring this with you. You can bring 100ml of cream or oil in your hand luggage.

You must be a qualified to take part in the exchanges. Please contact us directly if you are unsure if your qualifications are valid.

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Classes are suitable for all levels of yoga experience.
Beginners are always welcome and experienced yogis will be able to connect more deeply to their awareness of inner stillness within movement.
Teaching: Clear precise yoga instruction is in English.
Number of classes: 1 per day

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  • Daily yoga and guided meditation, workshops, supported treatment exchange, two bodywork therapy sessions,
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • unlimited use of the retreat facilities.

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  • Flights and transfers to and from The House of Light retreat centre,
  • activities such as horse riding or beach trips which we can arrange for an additional cost.

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Workshops (1)

A notebook and pen may be useful.

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Yoga (1)

Classes are suitable for all levels of yoga experience.
Beginners are always welcome and experienced yogis will be able to connect more deeply to their awareness of inner stillness within movement.
Teaching: Clear precise yoga instruction is in English.
Number of classes: 1 per day

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Treatment Exchanges (1)

We will provide everything you need, towels, cream and client record forms but if you have a particular cream or oil you use you may wish to bring this with you. You can bring 100ml of cream or oil in your hand luggage.

You must be a qualified to take part in the exchanges. Please contact us directly if you are unsure if your qualifications are valid.

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Guests (2)

We welcome all nationalities, all ages, all genders. The balance between women & men / singles & couples varies from week to week, but generally more women than men and more singles than couples.

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Yes, your friend is welcome to attend though you should inform them that the focus of the retreat is primarily CPD plus relaxation. Friends are welcome to join in all activities except the treatment exchanges.

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